“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” – Titus 2:11-14 (NLT)
This Thanksgiving week, our daily devo will only be produced Monday through Wednesday. Over these three days, we will continue to look at this passage from Titus that will give us some great prompts for being thankful.
Yesterday we looked at the prompt to be thankful for GRACE. Being thankful for grace is a dangerous thing if you are not also thankful for the power of Christ working in you to CHANGE you. Some folks want forgiveness for sin but they don’t want to stop sinning. Real Christianity is a desperate desire for both grace and change.
Today’s passage reminds us that as believers in Jesus Christ, we are to turn from Godless living and sinful pleasures. Without Christ these things are what we desire. But when we become believers in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. He not only teaches us to live holy and pleasing lives for God, He also gives us the power to make living a holy life possible. This is the change that God wants to see happening in our lives.
Dawson McAlister used to say, “No change, no Jesus… no Jesus, no change.” How has Jesus changed your life? Think of all the ways and be thankful. Ask the Lord for His life-changing work in you to continue, so that you will continue to change from what you were into all He created you to be.